Fans were saddened this week as ‘Arrow’ executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed (via Tumblr) that Jessica de Gouw’s Huntress would not be making an appearance during the third season of ‘Arrow.’ Apparently they had an amazing story for her, but ran out of time because of all the current story-lines taking place on the show. Fortunately, he did reveal that Huntress would be making an appearance in the ‘Arrow Season 2.5′ comic, which is set between season 2 and season 3 of ‘Arrow.’ And what’s nice about the comic is it lacks the budgetary restraints of the show, allowing it to do bigger storylines involving characters like Black Adam or the Suicide Squad, which means the Huntress could potentially fill a lot of pages with some amazing action.
For more information, read the full reveal from Guggenheim below:
“First, thanks to the many, many, many — MANY — people on Tumblr and Twitter who’ve reached out to ask me about if, when, and how the amazingly talented and simply amazing Jessica De Gouw would be returning to Arrow.
And thank you for being patient with me as I continued to promise this update.
I have good news, bad news, and wait-and-see news.
First, the bad news…
We’d been discussing an episode that would return Helena Bertinelli to Arrow for Season 3, but it didn’t come together for a variety of reasons having nothing to do with Jessica or her willingness to return. As most of you know, despite doing 23 episodes a season — god help me — we still somehow manage to run out of room to tell certain stories (e.g., Felicity’s parents). Unfortunately, Helena’s episode in Season 3 was one of those casualties of our lack of real estate. We value Jessica and the character she created too much to waste both of them on a story we can’t give proper attention to.
Now for the good news…
Tomorrow, Helena/The Huntress will make her return to Arrow in comics form as part of our ongoing Season 2.5 series. Unlike her previous appearance in 2.5, this time the Huntress’ return is not a hoax, not a dream, and not a hallucination.
As for the wait-and-see news…
Arrow has officially been picked up for a fourth season and we’ve still got a kick-ass idea for a Helena story.”
So we’ll get to see her in the comic, and hopefully during season 4, which is just fine with me. ‘Arrow’ has enough momentum right now that shoe-horning in another character/story might just detract from the main event, and this deep into the season I think is not the time to provide fan-service to a character that is not necessary at the moment.
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